Course overview

Biology GCSE for adults City of Bristol College

This part-time, modern course covers a range of areas within Biology.

You will study:

  • the structure, functions, diversity and interactions of living organisms
  • the impact of humans on the environment
  • some aspects of genetics and biotechnology.

GCSE Biology provides the basis for studying A-level Biology. It will also give you a good foundation of knowledge, if you want to specialise in one or more separate sciences.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course will suit:

  • Mature students wishing to update their knowledge
  • Those wishing to enter nursing, teaching or other vocations requiring a science qualification
  • Those having a general interest in biological science and environmental issues.

What you'll learn

You will carry out experiments. You will apply concepts, develop arguments or draw conclusions related to familiar and unfamiliar situations. You will show understanding of how decisions about science and technology are made in different situations – including contemporary situations and those raising ethical issues.

Course entry requirements

  • You need to hold Grade 9-4 (A-C) in both GCSE English and Maths.
  • Ideally candidates would have previously obtained a Grade 3/2 (D-E) in a Science subject at school and have a keen interest in Biology.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

The GCSE Biology qualification consists of two exam papers. There is no coursework, this course is assessed by exam papers after completing the required practical assessments during the course.

Future career and study opportunities

Students could use this to help fulfil entry requirements for higher levels of study.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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